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LS)--The Enid Police Department is seeking two suspects in connection with a shooting early Monday at an Enid residence. EPD Officers were dispatched about 1:15 Monday morning to the 1900 block of E. Walnut regarding a man that had been shot. Upon arrival officers learned that two armed suspects had forced their way into the residence and demanded money. While inside, they reportedly beat and shot a 38 year old male victim, struck a pregnant woman, and threatened to shoot several juveniles. The suspects robbed the victims of cash and fled the scene before police arrived. They are described as two black males, 18-22 years of age, armed with handguns, wearing all black clothing, face masks, and backpacks. One of the suspects was described as having a large amount of acne on his face. The gunshot victim was transported to an area hospital and remains in critical condition. The pregnant woman was treated and released at an area hospital for minor injuries. A second woman was present and also received minor injuries when she jumped out of a window and escaped the residence during the incident. The juveniles were not physically injured. This incident is currently under investigation and no further information is available for release at this time. If you have any information about this crime, call the Enid Police Department non-emergency number at 580-242-7000, call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 580-233-6233, or text keyword EPDTIP to 847411. You could earn a reward, remain anonymous, and won’t be required to testify.

 

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CV)— For the second consecutive day, an Enid hospital has reported the death of a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19. According to Enid News and Eagle, in addition to the death, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center reported this afternoon that the hospital is treating five patients who have tested positive to the virus. Integris Bass Baptist Health Center has four inpatients who have tested positive. Fifteen new virus-related deaths and 861 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A total of 39,463 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of deaths is now 566. A total of 3,375 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the virus with 504 patients currently in the hospital.

 

There have been 382 (+10) positive COVID-19 cases, and four deaths in Garfield County. 356 (+9) of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 81 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 113 cases, Blaine County is at 38 cases, Major 26, Grant 12, and Alfalfa 3.

 

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

08.04.20

 

Confirmed Positive Cases

39,463

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date

617,813

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

664,579

**Currently Hospitalized 

504

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

3,375

Identified Deaths in the Past 24 hours

1

Total Cumulative Deaths

566

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2020-08-04 at 7:00 a.m.

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CC)--Enid City Commissioners this evening will consider approving a proposed emergency declaration directing the city of Enid to adopt the Oklahoma Department of Health’s color-coded, four-tiered COVID-19 alert system. The declaration, proposed by Ward 3 City Commissioner Ben Ezzell, recommends specific precautions, guidelines and violations at each OSDH phase for individuals, businesses and those at high risk of infection. It also includes a public mask mandate when social distancing is not possible for those not exempted due to health concerns. If approved, the declaration would go into effect beginning 5:00 p.m. Friday. Today’s meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom of Convention Hall beginning with a Study Session at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public and can be viewed on the City of Enid Facebook page.

 

According to the proposed declaration, in the current orange phase, individuals shall:

 

• Engage in social distancing — staying 6 feet minimum apart when possible, keeping hands clean, staying home when sick, and using cloth face coverings in public settings when other measures are difficult to maintain;

• Practice symptom checks prior to team sport competitions or practices;

• Not attend large or public gatherings and venues unless the event includes social distancing safeguards and;

• Attend meetings or gatherings where over 50 people may be present by online streaming when possible.

 

Businesses shall:

 

• Operate dine-in services with elevated cleaning and hygiene measures;

• Continue flexible work arrangements with possible telework options;

• Implement strict public health protocols in high-contact situations 

 

A total of 32 Oklahoma counties, including Garfield County, are in the orange or Moderate-Risk category, when there are more than 14.39 new daily cases per 100,000 population. Garfield County, which was upgraded to orange Thursday along with 16 other counties, has a reported 19.23 cases per 100,000, according to the OSDH.

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GD)--Event planners seeking grant funding from Visit Enid, the City of Enid’s official Destination Marketing Organization, need to be aware of the upcoming deadline for application. Grant applications must be submitted by August 31 for events held between October 1 and April 30, 2021. Local events staged May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 will have a March 31, 2021 deadline to submit its application. Submit all grant applications at the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W Garriott. The Visit Enid Advisory Board awards grants based upon the event’s ability to attract visitors to Enid. Contact director Marcy Jarrett at 580.616.7368 or Marcy@VisitEnid.org to obtain a grant application or for more information on grants available through Visit Enid.

 

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SS)--Secondary parents and students are asked to mark their calendars for Enid Public Schools’ schedule and mask pick-up.  Secondary schools will have pick-up at the following times:

 

Enid High School

9th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m. (Freshman Orientation will be a later date)

10th Grade                   August 7                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.

11th Grade                   August 6                      1-4 p.m.

12th Grade                   August 6                      9 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

Middle Schools

6th Grade                     August 7                      8-11 a.m.

7th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.

8th Grade                     August 7                      1-4 p.m.

 

Students will report to their respective schools to pick up their schedules and masks. EPS will host a Meet the Teacher day on August 11 for new students, returning students will meet their teachers virtually through google classroom. Visit enidpublicschools.org for information about going back to school. Classes begin on August 13.

 

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PS)--Due to the COVID 19 Safety Protocol put out by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and adopted by the Enid Public School Board of Education the District has opted to go to an alternate A/B Schedule (while in Orange Level 1) to reduce the number of individuals in school buildings and ensure the opportunity for greater social distancing. In this scenario, students will only attend school in person on their assigned days. Starting school with an A/B schedule allows the district to accomplish the following:  

·     Reduce by half the number of students in school buildings and on buses to better ensure social distancing.

·     Keep class sizes more manageable for teachers who will have numerous new procedures and safety precautions to learn and execute.  

·     Ensure time in the classroom for students to collaborate face-to-face on projects and lab activities.

·     Provide elementary students crucial face-to-face instruction on the new learning management system appropriate to their grade level.    

An A/B schedule involves splitting each school site’s student population into an A and B group. The initial split will be those students with the last name A-L being on the A schedule and M-Z on the B schedule. Due to the impossibility of equalizing all classes at all grade levels based on this one criteria, it will be imperative that building level administrators have the discretion to adjust the initial placement if needed. Attention will be given to ensure students from the same family/household are assigned the same days. As it stands right now, for the first two days of school, Thursday, August 13th, will be A day and Friday, August 14th, will be a B day. The new OSDH numbers come out each Friday, and EPS will send out updated parent notifications by the end of the day on Fridays (for the following week). If on Friday, August 7, Garfield County reverts back to the Yellow Level, students will attend in person on August 13 and 14 (no alternate schedule if we are in the Yellow Level). If Garfield County remains in Orange Level 1 on Friday, August 14th, the weekly A/B alternative schedule will be:

Group A 

Monday and Tuesday                                             In person, at school

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday                          Remote Learning  

Group B

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday                         Remote Learning

Thursday and Friday                                               In person, at school  

You can find a map of Oklahoma counties that is updated to reflect COVID-19 cases every Friday at https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/covid-19-alert-system. You will also find definitions of what the different levels mean with additional resources. EPS will continue to update families weekly on any changes reported from the OSDH.

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IC)--Enid Public Schools has canceled planned immunization clinics for students due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 across the state. According to a statement on the district's website, www.enidpublicschools.org, due to the increase in the state Passport Health and the Oklahoma Caring Van have cancelled the upcoming immunization clinics for this year. Students who are needing immunizations will need to go to the Garfield County Health Department or their personal health care provider prior to school starting Aug. 13. The Health Department is allowing one parent/guardian, with a mask, to be present with the student. No appointment needed.

 

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LB)--The Enid Public Library, in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Loaves & Fishes, will be offering Lunch Bunch each week, Monday through Friday through August 14. Lunches will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. behind Mercy House (located at 1714 S 4th Street) to anyone up to 18 years old. For more information about this and other programs, visit the library’s website at enid.okpls.org. The Enid Public library is located at 120 W Maine, Enid, OK 73701.

 

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AS)--Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th, is hosting an art show of Oklahoma-inspired work in multiple media, running through Aug. 19. The show, which is the center’s exhibit gallery, features the work of Jena Kodesh, Cheryl Swanson and Linda Heller. Featured pieces include oil paintings, oil enhanced photographs and three-dimensional pieces, and the art is available for purchase. Visitors to the Heritage Center will need to maintain social distancing throughout the galleries, and are required to wear face masks during their visit. Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call (580) 237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

 

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